NBC has obtained the entirety of the relevant remarks in the “redistribution” video the RNC has circulated. In the rest of the clip, Obama talks about the “marketplace,” decentralization and fostering “competition,” NBCNews.com’s Michael O’Brien reports.
He campaigns in Florida today and does the same Univision forum that Romney did yesterday.
Revisionist history? Did Obama really immediately regret his “bitter” comments in 2008? Not exactly. Here’s what he said in the immediate aftermath, as conservatives point out: "Now I didn't say it as well as I should have, because the truth is that these traditions that are passed on from generation to generation, those are important. That's what sustains us. … What is absolutely true is that people don't feel like they're being listened to. And so they pray and they count on each other and they count on their families. You know this in your own lives," Obama said. "What we need is a government that is actually paying attention, a government that is actually fighting for working people day in and day out, making sure that we are trying to allow them to live out the American dream. And that's what this campaign is about."
A conservative writer for the New York Daily News picks up on Obama saying this on Letterman about the $16 trillion in national debt (via Real Clear Politics): “We don't have to worry about it short term.” Obama did add, “But we do have to worry about it long term.” The president also said, “I don’t remember the number precisely.”